Who needs a captivating spy novel when you have the Obama administration?
Sean Davis, the co-founder of The Federalist, tweeted a succinct summary of a compelling argument put forth by Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway that the just released Comey memos expose a plot orchestrated by James Clapper, who served as President Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence, and fired FBI director James Comey.
The goal of the alleged plan: To enable CNN to report on the most salacious details of the unverified Russian dossier.
Comey said of his briefing to the president that “media like CNN” were looking for a “news hook” regarding a Russian claim of “pee tapes” involving Trump and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow in 2013.
The claim had yet to be reported when Comey sat down with Trump, according to Hemingway.
And Comey says that Clapper wanted him to brief POTUS. A briefing that immediately leaked to CNN. And did we mention that Clapper gave inconsistent answers to Congress about his chats with … CNN about the dossier?
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 20, 2018
Comey credits Clapper with suggesting that he brief then President-elect Trump.
Hemingway notes a finding involving Clapper from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence final report on Russia:
Finding #44: Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, provided inconsistent testimony to the Committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN.”
“So Comey, at Clapper’s expressed behest, told Trump that CNN was ‘looking for a news hook’ to publish dossier allegations. He said this in the briefing of Trump that almost immediately leaked to CNN, which provided them the very news hook they sought and needed,” Hemingway wrote.
Oh, and then CNN hires Mr. James Clapper.
So there you have it. You want collusion?
The theory certainly shines new light on why CNN hosts like Anderson Cooper feel so compelled to not only defend, but tenaciously protect Mueller and Comey.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 20, 2018
The reaction online suggests social media users are impressed with The Federalist summation of the Comey memos.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Best take I’ve seen on the memos yet. Good work Sean.
— WK (@wking333) April 20, 2018
More importantly, Rosenstein who apparently signed a fisa warrant and felt that comey memos were so damning that we needed a SP . Very troubling a person boxed in will be dangerous, can anyone in press focus on Rosenstein I believe that’s the story
— Carie (@carrie1525) April 20, 2018
— JL PASCHALL (@bradford5445) April 20, 2018
Corrupt news https://t.co/7UYts86gHC
— @inspiredbytrump (@crumblover) April 20, 2018
Comey set up POTUS and this was the beginning of the INSURANCE POLICY, Comey played major role..indict him now! https://t.co/StYrT8ezym
— Rosanne Johnson (@rosanne591952) April 20, 2018
— FLResident ❌ 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 (@ResidentOfFL) April 20, 2018
— H Kirsh (@HKirsh1) April 20, 2018
These are the people who set up Michael Flynn👇 https://t.co/aUQg2MpJzl
— Dana Boos (@DanaBoos3) April 20, 2018
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